1 Via Alpina
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Via Alpina

Stage 5, Linthal–Urner Boden

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Via Alpina

From Linthal via a steep forest path to Braunwald, a sunny depression in the landscape, and on along wooded bands of rock to the largest Swiss alp with 1200 cows. Open, flat, rugged terrain along the Fätschbach river to Urrnerboden.
Linthal is the southernmost village in the Glarus region and the largest in area. From the train station a steep path climbs through countless zigzags up the hillside. It is a solidly built trail with many dry stone and residual rock walls and retaining walls in the turns to ensure a completely even gradient. Once in Braunwald, you have a panoramic view across the Richetli Pass leading to Elm, of the Ortstock, Braunwald‘s very own mountain, and Tödi, the highest point of the municipality and the Canton of Glarus at 3614 m.

From the sunny terrace of Braunwald, where no motorised traffic is allowed, a shaded forest path follows the steep slope of the Ortstock. Past burbling brooks and a cascade of waterfalls you reach Nussbühl with a restaurant perched above the rock face. A beautiful, seemingly endless path continues through Balmwald forest to Balmboden, where the forest gives way to meadows. After Vorder Stafel the view opens up to Urnerboden, Switzerland’s largest alp. An interesting fact is that although geographically the mountain valley belongs to Glarus, it is an exclave of Spirigen in the Canton Uri.

A few minutes and a short, steep descent later you follow the main road crossing the Klausen Pass for a short while. By the way, you don’t hear the noise of the cars on the entire hike, except for the melodious three-tone horn of the postbus. Continuing along the Fätschbach creek and past cattle herds, you head for the destination, just barely going uphill. The attractive, but physically demanding hike ends at Urnerboden.
From Linthal via a steep forest path to Braunwald, a sunny depression in the landscape, and on along wooded bands of rock to the largest Swiss alp with 1200 cows. Open, flat, rugged terrain along the Fätschbach river to Urrnerboden.
Linthal is the southernmost village in the Glarus region and the largest in area. From the train station a steep path climbs through countless zigzags up the hillside. It is a solidly built trail with many dry stone and residual rock walls and retaining walls in the turns to ensure a completely even gradient. Once in Braunwald, you have a panoramic view across the Richetli Pass leading to Elm, of the Ortstock, Braunwald‘s very own mountain, and Tödi, the highest point of the municipality and the Canton of Glarus at 3614 m.

From the sunny terrace of Braunwald, where no motorised traffic is allowed, a shaded forest path follows the steep slope of the Ortstock. Past burbling brooks and a cascade of waterfalls you reach Nussbühl with a restaurant perched above the rock face. A beautiful, seemingly endless path continues through Balmwald forest to Balmboden, where the forest gives way to meadows. After Vorder Stafel the view opens up to Urnerboden, Switzerland’s largest alp. An interesting fact is that although geographically the mountain valley belongs to Glarus, it is an exclave of Spirigen in the Canton Uri.

A few minutes and a short, steep descent later you follow the main road crossing the Klausen Pass for a short while. By the way, you don’t hear the noise of the cars on the entire hike, except for the melodious three-tone horn of the postbus. Continuing along the Fätschbach creek and past cattle herds, you head for the destination, just barely going uphill. The attractive, but physically demanding hike ends at Urnerboden.
16 km
1100 m | 400 m
5 h 25 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult (without ascending to Braunwald: medium)

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Linthal
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Ascent Braunwald
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Ascent Braunwald
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Linthal (Braunwaldbahn)–Braunwald
or
Braunwald–Linthal (Braunwaldbahn)
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 600m.
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Ascent Klausenpass (from Linthal)
205
Ascent Klausenpass (from Linthal)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Linthal–Klausen, Passhöhe
or
Klausen, Passhöhe–Linthal
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1400m.
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Urnerboden, Dorf
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Contact

Gestione della segnaletica
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Restaurant Raben
Hotel Restaurant Raben
Linthal
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Linthal
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
Linthal
Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Braunwald
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Urnerboden
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Braunwald - Meiringen
1 Via Alpina: Braunwald - Meiringen
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Places

Braunwald
Braunwald
Linthal
Linthal
Urnerboden
Urnerboden
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Places of interest

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Via Ferrata climbing routes
Rüti–Braunwald
Rüti–Braunwald
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization